It’s long gone, I know, but someone posed a Christmas question recently that I couldn’t answer. But maybe you longtime Greenporters can. The Santa that graces Steamboat Corner every year — where did it come from? I remember him originally holding a bottle of Coke in his right hand, so maybe he came from the Coca-Cola Company, but that’s just a guess. Does anyone out there know?
Last week I wrote about former Porters quarterback Dan Letteriello’s fundraiser for travel apparel for his football team at Westfield (Mass.) State University. All donations are welcome, but Dan is offering rewards for contributions of specific amounts. You can get the details by calling him at 631-680-4092. See last week’s column for the address to mail donations.
Speaking of football, I’ve kept quiet so far, but the Super Bowl is just around the corner, so this diehard Giants fan has got to say, “GMEN — All In!” I know fellow fans like Ron McEvoy, Kip Skrezec, Mike Sage (father and son), Mike Dinizio, Kevin Crump, Greg Dlhopolsky and Carrie Burke, Anne Chouinard and Tim McElroy (mentioned because he raised the Giants chances of winning each week by posting on my Facebook wall that they were going to lose) will be glued to the TV next Sunday!
Don’t forget the prom boutique for students attending the NJROTC Military Ball and the high school semiformals at Greenport and Southold. It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m., in the NJROTC room at Greenport School. Call Jillian Ruroede at 477-1950, ext. 220, with questions. If you have slightly used formal or semiformal dresses to donate, you can drop them at the GHA guidance office.
Celebrating birthdays this week: my aunt Marie Heaney, Danny Hansen, Doug Hubbard and Janie Tuthill on Feb. 2; Ricky Saetta, Jude Petroski and Barbara Shalvey on the 4th; Tremayne Hansen on the 5th; Erika Cabral on the 6th; Savannah Dimon, Jordan Bogden, Jackie Tuthill Sarkis, Doug Peterson, Barbara Taylor, Samantha Reed, John Montgomery, Vin Brandi, Jason Ban Brunt and Maureen Cavanagh on the 7th; and Amanda Jester and Mike O’Brien Jr. on the 8th.
A great, big happy 19th anniversary to our up-the-road neighbors, Stacey and Chris Butterfield, who will celebrate on Feb. 6.
Greenport High School’s Interact Club has the opportunity to participate in a wonderful community service project with Habitat for Humanity over spring break in April. Eight to 10 students will travel with chaperones to New Orleans, which is still feeling the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, to build houses. The cost per student is $825 plus airfare. While the club is working on several fundraisers, they could sure use some financial support from the community as their payments are due by March 1. Please consider a donation to sponsor the Greenport team. Checks can be made out to Rotary District 7250 and sent to Lydia Wells, Greenport Schools, 720 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944.